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Sakho should NOT have been banned as his ‘drug’ was not on banned list

Date Posted,April 20, 2017

Mamadou Sakho will feel a big sense of injustice after UEFA confirmed the substance he used that resulted in a drug suspension was not even banned and NOT even tested for at most laboratories.

Sakho’s Liverpool career came to an abrupt end following the ban and the French defender was forced to miss the Reds Europa League Final and the Euro Finals in his home country last summer as a result

UEFA have published the findings relating to Sakho’s case and have delivered a scathing assessment of the testing conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Mamadou Sakho has now got his career back on track at Crystal Palace (Photo: REUTERS)

Sakho admits he took a fat burner – without the permission of Liverpool medical staff – but the full UEFA findings now reveal a catalogue of errors which led to Sakho being incorrectly flagged for giving a positive sample.

It has now emerged that the substance that Sakho tested positive for – a plant extract called Higenamine – was:

  • Not specifically listed on WADA’s list of banned substances;
  • There are significant expert doubts about whether Higenamine is among a group known as B2-Agonist, all of which Wada states are banned;
  • WADA laboratories do not routinely test for Higenamine and if Sakho’s sample had been tested in Lausanne and not Cologne it would not even have been tested for;
  • WADA has not properly communicated the status of Higenamine to its laboratories.
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